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The Week V. 1227

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened The Farage factor There was mounting alarm in Tory and Labour ranks this week after a poll suggested that Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party could win a bigger vote share in next Thursday’s European elections than the two main parties put together. Leave voters angry about the failure of the Government to deliver Brexit look set to defect en masse to Farage’s party, which was only launched last month. Remain voters, meanwhile, are expected to swing behind unambiguously pro-EU parties such as the Liberal Democrats and the Greens. Labour attracted more criticism this week for sending mixed messages about its Brexit stance. At a meeting on Tuesday, the Cabinet decided not to try to hold another vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal before the EU elections. The PM instead intends to…

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the week

How innocent we were back in the 20th century. We still believed in the marriage of capitalism and democracy. Divorce was unthinkable. After all, both promote freedom of choice; both, in theory, make the bosses subservient to popular preferences; in both the political and economic marketplace ordinary folk get to test ideas and products, and reject the ones they don’t like. The combination, we felt sure, was the recipe for progress: it explained why the West so outshone the East, which lacked both. Two things have crushed that certainty. One is the rise of China, which has powered forward with no free press, no rule of law, no competing parties and no respect for human rights. The other is Brexit: nothing else has so starkly revealed that the logic of democracy…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Jeremy O’Grady Editor: Caroline Law Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, William Skidelsky, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Founder and editorial director: Jolyon Connell Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director – Head of Advertising:…

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Controversy of the week Baker’s offensive tweet “Farewell, then, Danny Baker’s Sausage Sandwich Game,” said Michael Hogan in The Daily Telegraph. Over ten years, the broadcaster won a devoted following for a surreal section of his Radio 5 Live phone-in, in which listeners guessed which condiment celebrity guests favoured on their sausage sarnies. But last week, his many fans could not save him from the consequences of a joke that misfired in “spectacular style”. On the day Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry introduced their new baby to the world, Baker tweeted a vintage photograph of a well-to-do couple holding hands with a chimp dressed in a suit and bowler hat, with the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.” When it was pointed out that to associate a mixed-race baby with an…

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spirit of the age

Eton College is adding gratitude, kindness and empathy coaching to its curriculum to build its pupils’ “character”. Following a review into what values Eton should be promoting, boys at the £40,700-a-year school are being taught to take a moment each day to acknowledge how others have helped them and what they have to be grateful for. In an attempt to boost the number of female applicants to Stem (science, tech, engineering and maths) jobs, the Institute for Apprenticeships is to try using “gender-neutral” language in its job adverts. This will mean removing words deemed masculine, such as “confident” and “decisive”, and replacing them with words such as “kind” and “dependable”.…

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whatsapp hacked

The Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has admitted to a security flaw that has enabled hackers to install surveillance software on users’ phones by simply ringing them on the app’s call function. Devised by the Israeli cyber-intelligence firm the NSO Group, the spyware was transmitted even if the user did not answer the phone, with the call then vanishing from the log. It could then be used to turn on the device’s microphone and camera, and gather its data. WhatsApp said only a “select number” of its 1.5 billion users had been targeted, and that the flaw had now been fixed. One target is believed to have been a UK-based human rights lawyer who is working on a case against NSO.…